Brexit's never-ending nonsense

Submitted by martin on 9 February, 2019 - 2:29 Author: Alan Simpson
No blindfold Brexit

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Whatever happens, Brexit is going to dominate parliamentary politics for at least another year, maybe more. No matter how bored you are by it, no matter how tempted by the thought, "Oh, sod it, let's just jump and get it over with", the nightmare still has years to run.

Labour's National Executive on Brexit and immigration

Submitted by martin on 1 February, 2019 - 9:27 Author: Pete Willsman, Alice Perry

These are the two reports so far published of the discussion on Brexit at the Labour Party's National Executive Committee on 29 January 2019.

They show that redoubled campaigning is needed for the views of Labour's rank and file to find substantial expression in the top committees. Neither report indicates any discussion at the National Executive on Labour's attitude to the Tory Immigration Bill second reading on 28 January (the front bench first called for abstention, and then, late, after pressure, voted against).

Pete Willsman

Labour: stop Brexit! New public vote!

Submitted by martin on 29 January, 2019 - 10:16 Author: Editorial
Protest against Brexit

After the Parliamentary votes on 29 January, which gave Theresa May a mandate to try to tear up commitments to an “invisible” border in Ireland, Jeremy Corbyn said he would meet her to discuss Brexit terms.

Not a good move after previously refusing, since Parliament had just voted to seek an “alternative” to the “backstop” which protects Ireland.

On Monday 28 January the Labour front bench said it would abstain on Tory legislation to enable the Tories to write restrictive new immigration laws which would bar many workers and make others insecure with temporary visas.

"No deal" Brexit means trade disruption with the whole world

Submitted by martin on 18 January, 2019 - 11:35 Author: Chris Reynolds

According to the Financial Times (18 January), "Britain has failed to finalise most trade deals needed to replace the EU’s 40 existing agreements with leading global economies and will not be close to doing so when Brexit occurs on March 29, according to an internal Whitehall memorandum...

"Almost none of them are ready to go now and none will be ready to go by March,” said one government official who has seen the internal analysis of the Department of International Trade’s progress".

Call Labour's pro-Brexit wreckers to account!

Submitted by martin on 18 January, 2019 - 11:07 Author: Colin Foster
stop Brexit

Talk, fed to the media, of "mass resignations" by junior shadow ministers if Jeremy Corbyn activates Labour Party conference policy and goes for a new public vote on Brexit (Guardian, 18 January 2019) - this is treachery similar to June 2016, only worse.

Jeremy Corbyn: now back a public vote!

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2019 - 9:40
Remain and rebel

Last week Solidarity published an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Sacha Ismail, an organiser of the new Labour stop-Brexit campaign Labour for a Socialist Europe.

The conclusion of that letter becomes even more urgent after the parliamentary vote on 15 January. We say again to Corbyn:

Now you should campaign boldly for a “People’s Vote”, and advocate a vote against Brexit.

Evasions on the Irish border

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 11:45 Author: Martin Thomas
Border communities against Brexit

What do the DUP say in reply to the objection that a ″no deal″ Brexit - or, indeed, anything less than the ″backstop″ they object to - would bring a new ″hard border″ in Ireland?

They say that will never happen, because the Irish and British governments will find ways to avoid it, come what may.

That is nonsense. With ″no deal″, there will be tariffs on a huge range of items crossing the border.

Labour "rebels" threaten to help May over the line

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 11:26 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

According to the Daily Mirror today, 10 January:

"Theresa May is hoping to win the support of Labour MPs for her Brexit deal by backing key guarantees on workers’ and environmental rights.

"The Mirror understands the Government is likely to support an amendment put down by Labour MPs who could be open to backing her in the crunch vote next week.

"As many as 20 Labour MPs, most of them with Leave voting seats, could rally behind the Prime Minister's plan if she throws Downing Street's weight behind the move.

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